Charlie Austin, the 21-year-old Swindon Town striker who has taken to league football like a duck to water since being plucked by Danny Wilson from non-league Poole Town, looks set to join Burnley, after agreeing personal terms with the Clarets.
Austin was a major reason behind Swindon’s run to the League One play-off final last season, when they were ultimately beaten by Millwall, and has continued to enhance his reputation this campaign with a further 17 goals.
The striker has bagged 37 goals in 65 games for Swindon, and looked set for a move to the Championship with Paul Jewell’s Ipswich Town, having had talks at Portman Road yesterday.
“We’ve accepted a bid from them and we’ve given Charlie permission to talk to Ipswich,” Wilson told BBC Wiltshire yesterday.
“What the outcome at this moment in time is I don’t know, he’s down there at the moment.
“It could be an all day job it could be tomorrow, it might not happen at all and in a selfish way I hope it doesn’t.
“But I can’t really see that happening particularly now with the transfer window closing clubs are now looking to get the player they’ve been tracking for most of the season.”
Austin would have become Paul Jewell’s second signing at Portman Road, after Jimmy Bullard agreed to join on-loan from Hull City for the rest of the season, but was unable to agree terms with the Tractor Boys.
A host of other Championship clubs had been monitoring Austin, as had Premier League Blackpool, yet it would seem that the race for the highly-rated striker has been won by Burnley and their new manager Eddie Howe.
It is believed that a £1.2m deal has been agreed Austin, who will sign a three-and-a-half year deal at Turf Moor.